There are less than a couple hundred people who are involved in the most significant attacks, and [they’re] almost all Russian-speaking," he says. "There’s a tremendous amount of organizational and hierarchical structure with a robust economy of scale that delivers both data mining, carding [credit card sale dumps] and other services which exists as quasi-untouchables in a way almost unheard of since Al Capone and his gangs in the 1920s.

What’s really driving cyberattacks against retailers - The Washington Post

"Wholesale removal of thousands of cases from PACER, particularly from four of our federal courts of appeals, will severely limit access to information not only for legal practitioners, but also for legal scholars, historians, journalists, and private litigants for whom PACER has become the go-to source for most court filings," Leahy wrote Friday to US District Judge John D. Bates, the director of the Administrative Office of the Courts (AO).

Senator demands US courts recover 10 years of online public records | Ars Technica

Roman says volunteers worked in shifts to monitor the Internet around the clock, and his group swiftly contacted American media outlets to remove any reference to Sotloff’s Jewish background. That included one piece in The New York Times, which swiftly disappeared. “The New York Times article, with the reference, was removed in 27 minutes,” Roman says. The effort also went far beyond media accounts. The volunteers asked friends of Sotloff to remove tags of him in Facebook photos, and it successfully petitioned Facebook to remove Sotloff’s profile. It persuaded a rabbi in Los Angeles to remove a sermon online about Sotloff’s Jewish background, and even contacted members of the synagogue to ask them to keep quiet. One volunteer even went to Sotloff’s old college campus in Israel and removed a graduation photo of him from the wall, Roman said. All in all, Roman says, there were some 4,000 online mentions of Sotloff’s Jewish and Israeli identity the group worked to remove.

Murdered journalist Steven Sotloff was Jewish and Israeli — and here’s why no one found out | Public Radio International

Part of the difficulty with discussing the effects of Internet use is that there are many ways to use the Internet, and there are many ways for it to have an effect – from how we conduct our relationships to how we think, to how our brains are wired up. Despite the fears spread by many commentators, there is actually a good deal of research suggesting positive psychological effects for teenagers from using the Internet. For example, a 2009 study found that online interaction boosted teens’ self-esteem after they’d been made to feel socially excluded. There’s also evidence that moderate Internet use by teens and youth goes hand in hand with participating in more physical activities and sports clubs, not less. There is some limited research on how Internet use may be changing how we think (for example, how we use our memories), but this is not specific to teens, and most research in the field is on the more general topic of “media multi-tasking” (which may have positive as well as negative effects), rather than Internet use specifically.

The Internet Probably Isn’t Ruining Your Teenager’s Brain | Science Blogs | WIRED

The most common way teens find privacy is not by restricting access to content, but by restricting access to meaning. They encode what they’re posting using in-jokes, song lyrics, pronouns, and references that outsiders won’t recognize.

How Kids Find Online Privacy -

Kalev Leetaru has already uploaded 2.6 million pictures to Flickr, which are searchable thanks to tags that have been automatically added. The photos and drawings are sourced from more than 600 million library book pages scanned in by the Internet Archive organisation.

BBC News - Millions of historical images posted to Flickr

The Internet, it seems, is contributing to the polarization of America, as people surround themselves with people who think like them and hesitate to say anything different. Internet companies magnify the effect, by tweaking their algorithms to show us more content from people who are similar to us.

How Social Media Silences Debate -

Just the way the smart home has single-purpose devices as opposed to overall intelligent systems, the development of intelligent roads, athletes and any other system made up of multiple components will feature single-purpose sensors for years before we ever get to unified systems– if we ever get to unified systems. This is unfortunate for consumers who will have to wrangle many apps and also because having multiple platforms can slow the pace of innovation, but thankfully sensors are getting cheaper and we can at least fulfill some of the promise of the internet of things while we wait for an eventual standard or service to unify things to arrive.

Interesting thoughts about sensors and the Internet of Things standardization and growth. (from: We will drown in sensors before we ever build a true internet of things — Tech News and Analysis)

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This is a pivotal time for our communications ecosystem. As we cede control to governments and corporations—and as they take it away from us—we are risking a most fundamental liberty, the ability to freely speak and assemble. Let’s not trade our freedom for convenience.

The New Editors of the Internet - The Atlantic